Thursday, 14 August 2008

Vibrating Mascara - The Verdict

With the launch of any new beauty product from an international cosmetics brand there's bound to be a lot of hype. So it was no surprise that beauty editors from London to L.A were extolling the new vibrating mascaras from Estee Lauder and Lancome as you guessed it ...The Next Big Thing!

Well as a self confessed beauty junkie I was as intrigued as anyone else to get my hands on this so called miracle product. It would mean an end to fiddling with eyelash glue, make my lashes longer and sultrier and what's more it combined two of my favourite things gadgets and make up - so how could it fail to impress right?

Wrong! As the old saying goes if it seems too good to be true it is. I raced into the beauty hall at Harrods and had the lady at the Estee Lauder counter try the "Turbolash All efects Motion Mascara" out on my bare lashes. And.... well I'm not going to sugar coat it it was fine. Ok a bit better than fine it was good but not great. The vibrating efect isn't very dramatic in fact I couldn't feel any pulsating on my actual lashes just n the bast of the mascara wand. My lashes did look fluttery but the effect was more spindly and thin that thick and luscious. So i think I'll be sticking to my trusty Zoom lash by Mac.

Shop Crush: Ted Baker

Growing up I associted Ted Baker with over priced clothes that just weren't worth it. They tended to stock smart office basics - black skirts, white shirts, black jackets - and the odd wannabe it accesory such as a black bag on a silver chain that was so trying to pass for Chanel but looked cheap. So let's just say I didn't step into their stores very often. But over the last two years they've realy stepped up their style game and are now one of the hottest names on the high street.
Their stuff is young, super stylish and ticks all the right boxes. And they're stocked in Selfridges among other places and even have a store on trendy South Molton street. So Ted Baker we at Style Bazaar have fallen hard for you. Here's an edit of the best from their latest collection.

Monday, 11 August 2008

Fit Flops - The Lowdown

Now I'm all for the easy way out when it comes to excercising, toning up, getting trim , and acquiring buns of steel. But I've got to say I think fit flops must be the most useless fitness related invention ever.

The blurb on their websites says:

At FitFlop, our goal is to create the world's most efficient dual-use fashion/fitness products.

Ok newsflash they are not remotely fashion friendly. They come in a variety of styles and I'm not exaggerating when I say they're all hideous. The gladiator inspired "Aurelia" is the worst of the bunch. With it's chunky base and fussy foam and string leg shield thingy it's not gonna scoring any points against stylish and comfortable footwear such as the ever reliable ballet flat. Chanel do the best ones but Topshop, Zara, and Portobello market have also got great versions.
And you really can't beat Havaianas for that laid back casual summer vibe. Pair with a floaty white dress and you're good to go.
Ok so that's the style bit covered if you want to get fit through your footwear just wear stilletos all day every day and you'll have legs to rival Charlize Theron. I'm serious. I've been doing what I like to call the stilleto boot camp for a month and not only do I walk better and look and feel mor confident. My thighs have never look shapelier. Eat your heart out Eva Mendes.